Restaurants Open on Christmas Eve

Find out which restaurants are open for Christmas Eve 2017.

When you think of Christmas Eve, you might think of a big table in the dining room filled with food, family and friends — but you’re probably not thinking about the dishes, cooking, cleaning and stress that comes with playing host. This year, enjoy the meal without the hassle by joining the growing number of people who eat Christmas Eve dinner at a restaurant. 

When you find a restaurant that looks like a good option for your holiday meal, check with your neighborhood location and consider making a reservation. Read on to find out where you can ring in Christmas with a meal — and without the hassle.

Restaurants Open on Christmas Eve: Applebee’s, Cracker Barrel and More

Whether you just want some coffee from Starbucks or have a full pre-Christmas family outing planned, plenty of restaurants are open on Dec. 24. Here’s a list of restaurants open on Christmas Eve:

  • Applebee’s: Most locations are open but might feature limited hours
  • Arby’s: Most locations open until 6 p.m.
  • Bahama Breeze: Most locations are open but might feature limited hours
  • Bakers Square: Open 24/7
  • Bennigan’s: Most locations are open but might feature limited hours
  • Black Angus Steakhouse: Most locations are open but might feature limited hours
  • Bob Evans: Most locations are open but might feature limited hours
  • Boston Market: Participating locations open; features both eat-in and take-out menus as well as catering options
  • Buca di Beppo: Some locations are open; call your local location for details.
  • Burger King: Most locations are open but might feature limited hours
  • Carl’s Jr.: Some locations are open; call your local location for further details.
  • Chart House: Open 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen: Open until 8 p.m.
  • Claim Jumper: Varies by location; takeout available.
  • Cracker Barrel: All locations close at 2 p.m.
  • Culver’s Restaurant: Most locations are open but might feature limited hours
  • Denny’s: Open 24/7
  • Domino’s: Most locations are open but might feature limited hours
  • Dos Caminos: Open until 10 p.m.
  • Fogo de Chao: Open 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Hooters: Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • IHOP: Varies by location
  • Legal Sea Foods: Varies by location; most open 11 a.m. or noon.
  • McCormick and Schmick’s: Varies. Reservations suggested; private rooms available
  • Morton’s The Steakhouse: Varies by location; reservations suggested
  • McDonald’s: Most locations are open but might feature limited hours
  • Old Country Buffet: Closes at 3 p.m.
  • Olive Garden: Varies by location; might feature limited hours
  • P.F. Chang’s:  Open 11 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Panera Bread: Most locations are open but might feature limited hours
  • Papa John’s: Most locations are open but might feature limited hours
  • Patina Restaurant Group: Varies by location
  • Pei Wei Asian Diner: Participating locations open; hours vary by location
  • Qdoba: Most locations are open but might feature limited hours
  • Red Hot & Blue: Varies by location; most open at 11 a.m.
  • Red Lobster: Most locations open until 8 p.m.
  • Red Robin: Open until 8 p.m.
  • Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles: Open until 4 p.m.
  • Round Table Pizza: Most locations are open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. but might feature limited hours
  • Ruby Tuesday: Open until 6 p.m.
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House: Varies by location
  • Sbarro: Most locations are open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. but might feature limited hours
  • Shakey’s Pizza: Participating locations open; hours vary by location
  • Smith & Wollensky: Varies by location. Private space available; reservations recommended
  • Starbucks: Most locations are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. but might feature limited hours
  • Steak ‘n Shake: Most locations are open but might feature limited hours
  • Subway: Most locations are open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. but might feature limited hours
  • Taco Bell: Most locations are open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. but might feature limited hours
  • TGI Fridays: Participating locations open; hours vary by location.
  • Texas Roadhouse: Most locations are open noon to 10 p.m. but might feature limited hours
  • Whataburger: Most locations are open but might feature limited hours
  • Village Inn: 5:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Yard House: Varies by location

There are plenty of restaurants that will likely be closed on Christmas Eve. It’s always best to call ahead just in case. Check in with the local branches of the restaurants, as well; many times, hours around the holidays are at the discretion of the local staff. Whether you decide to stay in or venture out to a restaurant, you’ll be ready to ring in the Christmas holiday.

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